Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy is awarded an honorary doctorate at Chalmers University of Technology in 2022.
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2022 honorary doctorate to entrepreneurship researcher
At Chalmers, entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy is now honoured for her outstanding contribution to our understanding of how entrepreneurs handle uncertainty, something that has had a major impact on innovation and entrepreneurship education.
Saras D. Sarasvathy is the Paul M. Hammaker Professor of Business Administration at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. She is also a professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and at Nankai University in Tianjin, China.
Saras D. Sarasvathy is awarded an honorary doctorate at Chalmers in 2022 for her pioneering contributions to entrepreneurship research. Her studies of how expert entrepreneurs think, make decisions, and interact during the creation of new organisations and markets have fundamentally influenced the academic understanding of these processes and have also had major practical impact. For instance, her theories influence entrepreneurship education by describing how entrepreneurs can and do act rationally despite great uncertainty by cocreating means and goals together with self-selected stakeholders.
Sarasvathy's principles are an important part of several Chalmers educations, such as the master's programmes Management and Economics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Business Design. Her approach to managing entrepreneurial uncertainty has also contributed to the implementation of the Chalmers TRACKS programme. Sarasvathy collaborated with researchers at Chalmers for a long time. and was a Chalmers Jubilee professor in 2015.